In 2015 Melburnian Kim Soo was living in Bali, where she got to know some of the island’s local artists and producers. Inspired by their beautiful wares – both modern and traditional – she wanted to share these goods with others.
She opened a small store and cafe in a pretty, Dutch colonial-style building in Bali’s vibrant Seminyak area.
From that tiny locale Kim Soo has grown into a global business with an associated photo studio, international clients, an online store and now an eponymous Melbourne boutique in Collingwood, which opened in 2018.
The homewares in the Collingwood store are from across the Indonesian archipelago and include rare vintage items, such as batik tables from Java. The store also stocks Gertrude, Soo’s silk ready-to-wear label.